In Omaha, Nebraska, private donors are ready and waiting to donate up to $80 million to help build a new veterans clinic that would serve as a pilot for community-based public-private partnerships with the Veterans Affairs Department. Trouble is, that’s illegal. Under current law, VA can’t accept private donations for construction projects. Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.) ,the co-sponsor of legislation that would change that, talks with Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the partnership community leaders are envisioning in Omaha
Since 2014, when Veterans Affairs Department reform legislation became law, the VA has been expanding its network of outside health care providers. The Choice Program recently underwent a major review. Dr. Baligh Yehia, assistant deputy undersecretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration, talked about the changes and what’s still ahead on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
TRICARE contract protests are now so inevitable that a company might want to file one even if they’re one of the winners.
In shock over the new federal long term care insurance premiums ? If so, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says welcome to the new cost of an aging world.
The national commission charged with coming up with ideas to reform the VA health care system is calling for “bold” changes. Its main proposals are vigorously opposed by the government’s largest employee union.
Poor access to health care at the Veterans Affairs Department came to light two years ago and sparked nearly continuous upheaval ever since. Appointed by Congress, the Commission on Care has issued its final recommendations for overhauling how VA delivers its basic mission, providing health care for veterans. Commission Chairwoman Nancy Schlichting gives Federal Drive with Tom Temin a highlight.
The American Postal Workers Union concluded a two year contract negotiation, securing pay raises, Cost of Living Adjustments, job security commitments and more for its members.
Twila Brase of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom discusses the changes that are being made in the way doctors are reimbursed for services.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has had some success with a new model of paying health care providers. Rather than paying them for how many services they render, it’s paying them according to health care outcomes and how well they coordinate among one another over individual patients. Dr. Paul Cordts, deputy director for health care operations at the Defense Health Agency, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how DHA could benefit from the same model.
Bart Stichman, joint executive director at the National Veterans Legal Services Program, talks with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about a Veterans Affairs Department policy his group says is unfairly denying health care and compensation to more than 100,000 former service members.